Alarm Management

With a two-week window, a system integrator implemented a distributed control system (DCS) upgrade and in the process hid many unnecessary alarms.
PAS inBound will manage critical operational limits in BP’s refineries and petrochemical plants.
Strategies for handling alarms and alerts are changing rapidly as connectivity and mobility are creating new challenges and opportunities. More managers are gaining more freedom because they can get alerts on smartphones and tablets, but this wireless connectivity is spotlighting the need for enhanced security.
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An exclusive Automation World survey reveals how end users and equipment suppliers are finding ways to reduce alarms without reducing protection.
As manufacturers collect more and more data for analysis and decision-making, the need for an enterprise-wide automation system architecture strategy becomes ever more critical.
The Smart Alert and MP3 Smart Alert Series audible alarms are used for commercial, manufacturing, industrial, institutional, and public settings to quickly and clearly alert individuals of an emergency or critical situation.
The move to distributed control systems that deliver data in a digital format made old interfaces obsolete. But what some thought were improvements were actually obstacles. Today, understanding human error and ability, as well as industrial processes, helps engineers think like operators when it comes to redesigning control rooms and alarm-management systems. BASF and Southern Company explain what they’ve done.
Replacing a legacy control system affords the opportunity to consolidate multiple operator control stations. Experience shows some key considerations will increase the chances of success.
Honeywell Process Solutions, out now with new alarm management software, is perplexed over why manufacturers fail to keep their alarm programs on track.
AgileOps from Prosys delivers a fully integrated experience with a single Web-based user interface that provides a same-look view and control of the whole operation - no matter whether you're running multiple applications and control systems from different manufacturers.
Inductive Automation announces work with Google Glass to leverage the technology for alarm notification and remediation.
The idea of placing greater emphasis on operator interaction with automated systems has been gaining traction. As common sense as the idea sounds, effective implementation isn’t necessarily a no-brainer. Invensys Operations Management CEO Mike Caliel explains why.
A developing trend among a number of automation interface hardware and software suppliers is to focus more on the operator experience. PAS aims to take that idea to the next level by zeroing in on the concept of human reliability.
Because phones, tablets and other mobile devices can squeeze latency and other waste from processes, they are rapidly becoming serious tools for manufacturing.
Continuous process industries have spent almost 20 years analyzing how control system interfaces and alarm management policies help or hinder plant performance. So what are the best practices, and why aren’t they being implemented?
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